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C. L. Hett

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1880. Pumping Machine.
1891 Pelton wheel
Cressbrook Mill: 1912 Hett-designed turbine on right, built by Gilbert Gilkes, as was the 1900 vortex turbine on the left. Note: No right of access - the mill is not a museum, having been converted to private apartments

C. L. Hett of the Turbine Foundry / Ancholme Foundry, Brigg, Lincolnshire

1872 Company formed by Charles Louis Hett when he took over the Ancholme Foundry from William Hart

1876 Bid for a boiler at Ely[1]

1882 Supplied a centrifugal pump to East Butterwick Pumping Station near Gainsborough.[2]

1886 Produced a centrifugal pump and single cylinder vertical steam engine for circulating water on the Greek Government’s ship Eldorado. [3]

1891 Designed a turbine governor with very simple action[4]

1894 Hett's Pelton Wheel for driving a blowing engine at a mine

1895 C L Hett taken over by Gilbert Gilkes of Kendal (see Gilbert Gilkes and Co)

1896 Charles Hett retired from the business

1912 Hett-designed 'Trent' turbine installed at Cressbrook Mill, Derbyshire[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1876/11/17
  2. Fenland Pumping Engines by K. S. G. Hinde, Landmark Publishing Co., 2006 ISBN 1 84306 188 0
  3. The Engineer 1886/06/18
  4. The Engineer 1891/08/28
  5. International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSES) Bulletin Vol 30 No. 3 (2009) pp 30, 31
  • Steam Engine Builders of Lincolnshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1955 by Goose and Son
  • Ploughs, Chaff Cutters and Steam Engines. Edited by Ken Redmore – Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Published 2007. ISBN 978 0 903582 308.